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Mike McKay

By his own account, Mike McKay has lived a charmed life. This year, he and his wife, Nancy, celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Erin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied zoology and now cares for the animals she loves – great apes – at the Fort Worth Zoo. Mike has been fortunate to spend his adult life doing what he always wanted to do – entertaining listeners on the radio. He was born and grew up in Brooklyn, N. Y. After graduating from college with a B. A. in English Literature from Saint Anselm College he began working, somewhat inexplicably, in the financial sector in lower Manhattan. But it wasn’t long before he began pursuing a dream born years before while listening to the Beatles on New York’s WABC radio. Soon he was offered a position in sales at an AM station in tiny Lehighton, PA. Within a month he was doing the morning show. Five years later, he landed an on air gig at the most listened to station in the nation which just happened to be that very station he tuned in while in high school – WABC 770 which was heard in more than 30 states. By the early eighties however, music on radio was making it’s inexorable transition to FM. Although that meant leaving the station he grew up with, it brought other remarkable opportunities. Mike went on to a pioneering position in satellite radio hosting Nighttime America on the RKO Radio Network which was heard on hundreds of radio stations in all fifty states. Later he was able to live and work in other parts of the country, including Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, and Detroit. In ’97, the family moved to the great southwest which led to the ultimate opportunity when an entrepreneurial listener, Ned Bennett, approached Mike with a plan to form a new radio company. And Bravo Mic Communications was born. Today, and every day, Mike looks forward to getting up early and joining his on air partner and great friend for the last 14 years, KC Counts, for “Your Morning Show with Mike and KC” which has been the most popular radio show in southern New Mexico for several years running. Email mikemckay@101gold.com

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by

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September 9, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the title song to a movie but more importantly, according to the song’s writer, it was a cry for help.

The 101 number one song of the day was the title song to a movie but more importantly, according to the song’s writer, it was a cry for help. He said it was his “Fat Elvis” period, although at the time, Elvis had yet to gain all that weight. But, looking back, he said, the character in the movie was himself. “I was very fat, very insecure and felt that I’d lost myself.” And although most thought it was just a fast rock ‘n’ roll song, the single that was number one in America on September 9th, 1965 was literally John Lennon’s cry for (HELP!)


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Monday, September 8th, 2014 by

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September 8, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group which was once known as the Pagans whose lead singer was first inspired to get into music after hearing a song called, “don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me.”

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group which was once known as the Pagans whose lead singer was first inspired to get into music after hearing a song called, “don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me.” He grew up in England inspired by American R&B and rock and roll artists such as Chuck Berry, Wilbert Harrison and Bo Diddley. Later, he joined a group called the Alan Price Combo which evolved into the Pagans whose lineup included all the members that would record the song you’re about to hear. The lead singer had first heard the song when he was ten years old and the melody always haunted him. Eventually, it would launch his musical career which would include two separate popular groups. According to popular myth, the group’s audiences had a special name for them other than the Pagans and that is the name we came to know them by. He is Eric Burdon and the group became the Animals. The song which was number one on September 8th, 1964 was House of the Rising Sun.


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Friday, September 5th, 2014 by

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September 5, 2014: The 101 Number One Song of the Day was recorded by a group some touted as the “next Beatles” and while they fell far short of that kind of accomplishment, it was the Fab Four that got them started.

The 101 Number One Song of the Day was recorded by a group some touted as the “next Beatles” and while they fell far short of that kind of accomplishment, it was the Fab Four that got them started. Growing up in the 60s provided the inspiration for the music they’d later make and in fact it was intentional they projected a sound that was reminiscent of many different bands from the British Invasion but it was the Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show that got group member Dour Fieger got all revved up, especially, John Lennon. Their first album was recorded virtually live with few overdubs and from start to final mix took only 11 days and cost a mere $18,000. Today’s featured record made a whole lot more money than that but their hit making abilities would fall far short of the group which first motivated them. But on September 5th, 1979 they occupied the number one spot on the pop charts with MY SHARONA. It’s the Knack.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by

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September 4, 2014: The 101 number one song of the Day was recorded by a man tagged by the press as a Bob Dylan ripoff.

The 101 number one song of the Day was recorded by a man tagged by the press as a Bob Dylan ripoff. It’s easy to see why he was considered to be a copy because he wore a denim cap, played a harmonica attached to a neck harness and sang what sounded like folk songs. But when Dylan came to Britain and the two met face to face at a hotel, the two emerged as obvious friends, the media’s attitude shifted to a more favorable stance. Eventually his music evolved and as his image changed from wandering minstrel to flower child, the distinction between the two became much clearer. And on September 4, 1966, he owned the number one song in America – something that Dylan was never able to do…Here’s Donovan with the 101 number one song of the day – Sunshine Superman


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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by

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September 3, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful songwriter of all time. He was asked if any of the many different characters created for those songs were real. He said that the character featured in today’s charttopper was a real live relative of his.

The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful songwriter of all time. He was asked if any of the many different characters created for those songs were real. He said that the character featured in today’s charttopper was a real live relative of his. (Find out who that is – next) While people such as “Michelle,” Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna and others were figments of his imagination, there was a man he knew who used to quote the bible to everyone when he got drunk. He used to read from the bible to make those quotes and it was the only time he read the bible. It’s probably not a big mystery that the songwriter to which I’m referring is Paul McCartney but what about the bible quoting relative? His name is the first name used in the song that was number one in America on September 3rd, 1971 – It was Paul’s real live “Uncle Albert.”


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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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September 2nd, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written by Barry Gibb but recorded as a solo by the former lead singer of an American group and it became the second # 1 song from the soundtrack of a very successful movie.

The 101 number one song of the day was written by Barry Gibb but recorded as a solo by the former lead singer of an American group and it became the second # 1 song from the soundtrack of a very successful movie.
The film was based on a Broadway musical which celebrated the sound of the 50’s but this was the late 70s so the producers asked Barry Gibb to come up with something more contemporary for the title song. He and his brothers, Robin and Maurice, had just been enjoying their huge success with their Saturday Night Fever album which had become the best selling soundtrack of all time. This sound track would become the second best seller to date and the movie starred the same person who became a breakout star after his headlining role in the previous movie. He would also be responsible for the movie’s first number one song. His name was John Travolta who, along with Olivia Newtown John sang “You’re the One that I Want” which went to number one a couple of months before. The song that was number one on this day in 1978 was the product of Frankie Vallie – It’s Grease


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Friday, August 29th, 2014 by

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August 29, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was sung by a man born Charles Hatcher whose first paycheck was a Sealy Posturpedic mattress – but he had to split it five ways.

The 101 number one song of the day was sung by a man born Charles Hatcher whose first paycheck was a Sealy Posturpedic mattress – but he had to split it five ways. He was performing as part of quintet called the Future Tones. They entered a local talent contest on a TV show and won. The first prize was the mattress. Eventually he moved out on his own and onto Cleveland where he was signed to a contract by Ric Tic Records which was bought by Motown. He recorded a song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong which went to number one on August 29, 1970 and although Vietnam itself was never mentioned – the time was right for the man since renamed – Edwin Starr (War)


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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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August 28, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day took a troubled American band to the top of the Hot 100 with a cover of a British pop reggae song but trouble soon returned and their success was short-lived.

The 101 number one song of the day took a troubled American band to the top of the Hot 100 with a cover of a British pop reggae song but trouble soon returned and their success was short-lived. The group was founded by Michael Brown who was a founding member and guiding force behind the Left Banke. But internal problems led to his departure from that group. He met up with Ian Lloyd and they put together a new band and Brown suggested they record a song that was a hit in England by the group Hot Chocolate. During the recording, dissent among the members led Brown to write off his brain child and leave the group. The record got done nonetheless and on August 28, 1973 it was number one in America. But it wasn’t long before the remaining members of the group began arguing again and they broke up soon after. This was their one claim to fame: “Brother Louie” and the group – Stories


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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

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August 27, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day spawned a lyrical mystery that puzzled listeners for years. It was actually the “B” side of a song that few people will remember but this was one flip side that made such an impact on the American scene that a movie was made about it 9 years after it was a hit.

The 101 number one song of the day spawned a lyrical mystery that puzzled listeners for years. It was actually the “B” side of a song that few people will remember but this was one flip side that made such an impact on the American scene that a movie was made about it 9 years after it was a hit. It was written and performed by Roberta Lee Streeter who always felt that those pre-occupied by the mystery missed the point of the song, which she said was “sort of a study in unconscious cruelty. The real message revolves around the nonchalant way a family talks about a tragedy that affected a member of that family,” according to Streeter whose song was number one in the U.S. on August 27, 1967. By this time she had changed her last name to Gentry. Here’s Bobby Gentry with the 101 number one of the day (Ode to Billie Joe)


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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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August 26, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was a mixed blessing for the one time bar band that got its start at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. People who liked the song usually didn’t like the concert the group performed.

The 101 number one song of the day was a mixed blessing for the one time bar band that got its start at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. People who liked the song usually didn’t like the concert the group performed. It was written by group leader Elliott Lurie about a former high school friend of his whose name was Randy although that name never worked quite right in the actual song. Lurie described themselves as hard rockers whose on stage performance was high decibel and pretty raucous. The song that catapulted them to the top was heavily overdubbed with strings and horns. When people who came to see them because of their hit song often went away disappointed because of the disparity of styles. But for one brief moment in time they enjoyed being on top. That moment came on August 26, 1972 when their one hit record reached number one in America – here’s Looking Glass with the song that might have been called Randy but to them “Brandy” sounded better.


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